I was up late the other night, reading “Addicted to Guns”, my man Mick Dumke‘s latest feature on crime and violence in Chicago.

It should be mandatory reading for everyone. Teach it in the schools. Hell, we should make Mayor Rahm read it in the long-shot hope that he might change his ways.

The gist of the story is that gun violence is an addiction—not unlike drugs, alcohol or gambling—in which people feel compelled to deal with the madness of life and their own powerlessness by grabbing a gun and shooting someone.

So much of the problem is beyond our control. But what really bothers me is that we’re not doing the things we should be doing. Or worse, we’re going in the wrong direction.

Let me just zero in on three quotes from Mick’s story . . .